Thursday, November 8, 2012

Winter of the World

Middle. The twentieth century moves to the middle third as Ken Follett follows the lives of the families he introduced in Fall of Giants as another generation matures in Winter of the World, the second installment of the trilogy. Readers have another thousand pages to follow the lives of characters in the run up to World War II and its aftermath. I can imagine a wall chart that Follett must have created to highlight the key events of the twentieth century, and then deciding how those events can be presented in the lives of his large cast of characters. For readers who read the first novel, this is the anticipated continuation of the story. New readers could begin here, but for the sake of continuity, it makes more sense to start with the first installment. With two thousand pages read, it’s all downhill from here as fans await the third and final installment. If you like historical fiction, you’re likely to enjoy an immersion in this one. Rating: Three-star (Recommended) Click here to purchase Winter of the World from

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